Programs

Adoption & Permanency

children and families

Our adoption program functions as a full-service adoption agency. Permanent homes for children are provided, and comprehensive adoption services are offered to all participants of the adoption process. The program offers adoption groups, adoptive parent training, adoptive family profiles, birth parent and adoptee searches, birth parent counseling advocacy, international agency clients, networking, placement services, post- placement supervision, USCIS assistance, and post finalization services for adoptive families.  For additional information, please contact Heather Alt at hmalt@casmercer.org


Post Permanency

As part of our SWAN affiliation we offer the following Post Permanency services: Case Advocacy, Respite and Support Groups. All Pennsylvania families who are adoptive families, legal kinship, or permanent legal custodians are eligible for these services. For additional information, please contact Holly Panazzi at hpanazzi@casmercer.org

Family Focus

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 Family Based Mental Health Services (FBMHS) are interactive, relationship based, therapeutic services designed to help parents care for their children with serious mental health problems at home to prevent hospitalization or other out-of-home placements.  These services are designed to work with the whole family to reduce the need for psychiatric hospitalization, enhance parenting skills that will enable parents to confidently care for their children in the home, stabilize the home environment and keep the family together, and empower families to maintain progress independent of service providers. FBMHS are provided at no cost to the families who participate. For additional information, please contact  Conor Scullin at cscullin@casmercer.org

JumpStart Day Care

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 At our daycare, we provide an environment that kids will enjoy while learning new skills, making new friends, and preparing for school. Activities are built into the daily routine so the staff can focus on the age appropriate skills while aiding in the development of self-control, self-esteem, and independence. Our early learning program also encourages sensory awareness, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, communication skills, listening skills, cognitive skills, and learning sign language. We are a Level Four Keystone Stars Daycare. For additional information, please contact  Dottie Quillen at dquillen@casmercer.org
In the link below, enter the zip code 16137 and the appropriate age group of your children, then select 'Children's Aid Society of Mercer Co Child Care Ctr' to get detailed information on our pricing and hours of operation.

Family Life Education

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  The Family Life Education Program (FLEP) focuses on providing families and individuals with the tools they need to help their children thrive. Our programs present user-friendly resources that blend scientific, evidence-based research with practical, common sense wisdom from the field. Our educators will work to improve life skills to, then, improve family function. Services such as Parenting Made Simple, Teen Parenting Made Simple, Life Skills, Grandparent Support Groups, Injection Drug Outreach, and Anger Management all work to improve self- esteem and confidence in children and families.  In Anger Management we teach individuals how to safely and effectively manage their anger. We cover the understanding of anger as an emotion, what angers us, anger triggers, problem solving, and role playing. We also provide a supportive environment for group members to help each other cope and encourage growth. Sonia, the director of Family Life, is the only Anger Management specialist in Mercer County certified through NAMA, and we are very lucky to have her!  For additional information, please contact  Sonia Boatwright at sbradshaw@casmercer.org 

Foster Care

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  Have you ever thought about being a foster parent? It may seem like an intimidating title, but it's not. Children need parents, no matter what they've been through and where they come from. Foster parents provide for children that can no longer be in their homes and are placed in the custody of Children and Youth Services. There are over 14,000 kids in foster care in Pennsylvania. Anyone can be a foster parent, as long as they are at least 21 years old, have their clearances and pass a medical examination. The children need care, not a perfect house or family situation. They just need a place to feel safe and people that care about them. You can be that person. You can be the difference. For additional information, please contact Anna Shoaf at ashoaf@casmercer.org


Safe Kids

Are you in need of a car seat, safety gate or crib? Safe Kids at Children's Aid Society can help! We have information on car seat and crib safety, and we do car seat checks to make sure your kids are as safe as possible. When installed and used correctly, child safety seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71% among infants, 54% among toddlers, and 45% among children 4 through 8. It is also important to remember winter coats in car seats can be dangerous for your child. Visit the link below to learn more and keep your kids safe this winter! For additional information,  please contact Kayla Emery at kemery@casmercer.org

Mentoring

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When children in Pennsylvania’s foster care system turn 18, they age out of the system. This means they are released to face the world on their own, only now they are viewed as adults. This transition is difficult for anyone, especially those who do not have a family to lean on for support. Bills, jobs, responsibilities – they all add up and can be overwhelming for someone who has not experienced them before. This is where our mentors come in. When everything else runs out, we have a program that helps fill that void and bridge that gap. Our mentoring program is designed so mentors can meet the youth where they are and help them get where they need to be, while serving as a support system. Whether it is establishing a relationship with a 14 year-old, helping an 18 year-old apply for college, or helping a 23 year-old apply for a job, mentors are needed to prepare the youth for what lies ahead as they transition to adulthood. This program gives young people the role model they may never get otherwise. It helps them with skills, but at the core, it guarantees that they will always have someone that cares about them and that they are not alone. For additional information, please contact Leah Christy at lchristy@casmercer.org